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Bate Collection

Oxford University Faculty of Music | St. Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DB, England
+44 1865 276139
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A specialist place really, but worth popping in

M and I love finding small and specialised museums, so were keen to visit the Bate Collection... read more

Reviewed 8 February 2018
EH-in-York
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York, United Kingdom
great collection of musical instruments through the ages

While we were visiting, a student was arranging to borrow one of their violins. Lovelt that they... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2018
diane55berkshire
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Reading, United Kingdom
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For music-lovers everywhere: this specialty museum houses a fine collection of historical woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, plus more than one dozen historical keyboard instruments and a complete bow-maker's workshop.
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Oxford University Faculty of Music | St. Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DB, England
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Reviewed February 8, 2018

M and I love finding small and specialised museums, so were keen to visit the Bate Collection during our recent stay in Oxford. The gentleman on the front desk was friendly and obviously knowledgeable, but let us wander round at our own pace, which was...More

Thank EH-in-York
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Reviewed January 18, 2018

While we were visiting, a student was arranging to borrow one of their violins. Lovelt that they are able to lend them....instruments are made to be used not just looked at....

Thank diane55berkshire
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Reviewed October 11, 2017

This is a museum not to be missed, despite its limited opening hours and out of the way location. The Bate Collection is a fascinating collection of musical instruments that sits right in the heart of the faculty of music. There's so much to see...More

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Reviewed May 7, 2017 via mobile

If you have any interest in music, regardless of genre, this little museum has to be visited if you're in Oxford. It houses the most wonderful collection of instruments from all ages and geographic sources. What makes it special is the access visitors have to...More

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Reviewed April 27, 2017

A big reward for venturing just off the beaten tourist track if you are in the least interested in music. Just go beyond Christ Church from the city centre. An exceptional collection of instruments. An opportunity to try a small selection. Open every afternoon as...More

Thank Fred C
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Reviewed February 17, 2017

This is well worth a visit if you like music or musical instruments. I was fascinated.Over 1000 instruments in display cases charting the evolution of some of them. Also many keyboard instruments. Students at the Faculty of music are allowed to play them. There is...More

Thank Michael T
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Reviewed February 12, 2017

This is a real find and well worth a visit if you are at all interested in music. Located in part of the Music Faculty this small museum contains numerous glass cases holding a vast collection of every type of musical instrument. The free audio...More

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Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

The best thing about this place is that you can touch and play some of their instruments! Not many museums allow that.

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Reviewed April 29, 2016 via mobile

It's been on my radar for some time to visit this museum. I should have gone sooner and it's free to enter. A vast collection of mainly woodwind and brass together with some string and pianos and their predecessors, too big for their small space....More

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Reviewed February 12, 2016 via mobile

Every display is packed with historical instruments. Visit during term time as we did and you're likely to be treated to students rehearsing their repertoires. Make sure to ask for an audioguide. You can listen to music samples recorded on the exact instruments in each...More

1  Thank Alexandra S
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